Study guide's Doctoral Programme in Social and Cultural Encounters, 2021-22 information (E)

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Doctoral Programme in Social and Cultural Encounters (SCE) is a joint international, multidisciplinary doctoral programme of the Philosophical Faculty and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies. The programme is aimed at doctoral students whose research is focused on different kinds of cultural, social and societal phenomena in changing environments. The purpose of the SCE is to provide highstandard researcher training to doctoral students. The doctoral programme trains researchers and experts with the capacity to work both independently and in interdisciplinary research teams mainly in the various research, development and administrative tasks.

The requirements for a doctoral degree completed through the SCE doctoral programme are described in the table below. Studies towards a doctoral degree consist of two parts: an approved doctoral dissertation and doctoral studies that support research work and provide skills for a researcher career. If the student has an applicable licentiate degree, no other studies apart from the doctoral dissertation are required to complete a doctoral degree. Doctoral students should aim to complete the doctoral degree in about four years.

At the beginning of the studies, doctoral students must compile a personal doctoral study plan. The curriculum of SCE forms the basis for the study plan. The studies are usually completed in 2–4 years, however the studies should be completed before one submits her/his doctoral dissertation for preliminary examination. Before applying for a doctoral degree certificate, the studies included in the degree must be compiled. This does not happen automatically so you need to make a request for this from the coordinator of SCE.

SCE informs about topical study related news and activities on Yammer. You can find more information about the language courses from the Language Centre Study Community. Also familiarize yourself with the research support services that are useful in different stages of your research. 

For further guidance, please contact Salli Anttonen, coordinator of SCE, salli.anttonen(at)   






10–15 cr

1145003 Research Ethics, 1 cr - compulsory course for all doctoral students
8010064 English for Doctoral Students, 4 cr
8010061 Conference English, 3 cr
8022020 Research Information Retrieval and Management, 2 cr
8022030 Open Science, 1 cr
1145018 Doctoral Studies, Career and Networking, 1 cr
1145006 Research Project Management, 2 cr
1145012 Business for PhD Students, 2 cr
1145020 Interactive Leadership, 1 cr
1145010 Research Supervision, 1 cr
1145001 Seminar for Doctoral Students and Supervisors, 1 cr
8010052 Scientific Writing for Post-Graduate Students, 2 cr (in Finnish)
8010053 Speech Communication for Post-Graduate Students, 2 cr (in Finnish)
8010051 Media Communications for Post-Graduate Students, 2 cr (in Finnish)
OR some other applicable course(s) agreed with the primary supervisor




 35–40 cr

Methodological studies, complete at least worth of 5 credits:

2011112 Qualitative research methods and methodology for doctoral students, 5 cr
5012012 Qualitative Research Methods for Doctoral Students, 5 cr
2013235 Acquisition and analyzing interview materials, 2 cr
2013232 Atlas-ti programme, 1 cr
5010107 Statistical methods workshop for doctoral students, 5 cr
5010108 Advanced course in statistical methods 2, 2 - 5 cr
2011113 Quantitative Research Methods for Doctoral Students, 5 cr
2013231 Mixed methods -research, 3 cr
2013236 Basic course for Mplus programme and structural equation modeling, 3 cr
2013238 Advanced course for Mplus, 3 cr
5210361 Structural Equation Modeling, 4 cr
2011116 Conducting human behavioural intervention studies, 2 op
2015221 Field-Specific Methodological Studies (SCE) (separately agreed mode of study)
OR some other applicable course(s) agreed with the primary supervisor


Compulsory seminars, worth of 10 credits:

2015216 Research Seminar (SCE), 5 cr
2015212 Spring School (SCE), 5 cr


2015241 Academic Professional Skills, complete at least worth of 5 credits:

Optional courses:
2015262 How to write a research plan?, 2 cr
2015242 How to write an article?, 2–5 cr
2015246 Translating research material, 2 cr
5012030 How to write a successful research grant proposal, 1 cr

Credits are also earned through participation in academic activities, events and training (conference presentations, academic publications and teaching tasks, university pedagogical training etc.).


2015261 Studies in the discipline and field of research (SCE)

Studies in one's own discipline and field of research (0-25 cr)